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neomadmonkey 10-06-2012 08:33 PM

Alternatives to nylon straining bags
 
I don't have a brewing store near me and I was wondering if anyone had any alternatives to the nylon straining bag everyone seems to want to use. Could I use a tea steeper for the hops?

Yooper 10-06-2012 08:37 PM

Run to Lowes/HomeDepot/Ace Hardware and get some paint strainer bags. They have 5 gallon, and 1 gallon, and they work great.

pcollins 10-06-2012 08:54 PM

When I'm using whole hops on a brew day I have a lingerie laundry bag that I use. It's a bit of a pain because of the zipper but it has larger holes so the hops get soaked faster and it also drains faster.

Plus... it's a lingerie bag. ;)

ArcLight 10-07-2012 12:06 AM

Try these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BCUIGA/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00

pigsaarz 10-07-2012 01:27 AM

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Originally Posted by neomadmonkey (Post 4476231)
I don't have a brewing store near me and I was wondering if anyone had any alternatives to the nylon straining bag everyone seems to want to use. Could I use a tea steeper for the hops?

G'day mate you can use a tea steeper but you will need a big one, this ones 120mm x 65mm easy to clean if you can't get one and you want one let me know

ArcLight 10-07-2012 01:36 AM

The problem with the standard metal "tea" strainers is they can compact the hops, so you need a big one, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Extra-Large-Jumbo-Size-Twist-Lock-Infuser-Stainless/dp/B004X4LGIO/ref=pd_sim_k_8

msa8967 10-07-2012 01:43 AM

I use pairs of nude panty hose that I boil with three water changes. This does a pretty good job holding pellet hops.

Yesfan 10-07-2012 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by ArcLight (Post 4476767)
The problem with the standard metal "tea" strainers is they can compact the hops, so you need a big one, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Extra-Large-Jumbo-Size-Twist-Lock-Infuser-Stainless/dp/B004X4LGIO/ref=pd_sim_k_8


How does that compare to using the muslin bags for just steeping grains? If I didn't save my previous bags from past brews, I'd been screwed on this last batch. Is the metal strainer a better option, or do I need to hit my local Lowe's or Home Depot?

ArcLight 10-07-2012 07:29 PM

I use the bags, and I squeeze them at the end with my $6 Home Depot bought heat resistant chemical handling gloves.
So I don't use the mesh ball.

Thomsen1287 10-08-2012 05:28 PM

Using the large steeping basket, is it a pain in the ass to add more hop additions?


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